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© National Gallery of Art
Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1890
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© Tate. Donation by Lucien Pissarro, the son of the artist
La Caixa presents its first retrospective of the work by Danish-French artist Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) which includes 60 oil paintings from museums and private collections. Pissarro was a pioneer in modern art and contributed greatly to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. He studied with other great artists of his time, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.
In 1873 he helped establish a collective of fifteen young artists, and became the organising and mentor figure that held the group together. He was also mentor and father figure to all four of the major Post-Impressionists, including Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Cézanne said that Pissarro was like a father to him. Renoir described his art as "revolutionary" du to Pissarro's insistence on painting the ordininary man without grandeur and in natural settings.
Pissarro is the only artist to have shown his work at all eight Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886.